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Important update about tax checks

From 2 October 2023, the government are introducing a simple tax check that will take place when people renew the following licences:

  • taxi and private hire drivers
  • booking offices
  • scrap metal dealer sites
  • mobile or itinerant scrap metal collectors

Find out more and how the changes affect you in our licence tax checks bulletin.

Under the terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 a taxi or private hire car driver requires to be licensed.

To apply for a taxi or private hire car driver licence, the applicant will require to have held a full driver’s licence issued under the Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 87(1), throughout the period of 12 months immediately preceding any application.

Please note you are required to submit a copy of the photocard of your DVLA licence with your application form. You may be aware from 8 June 2015 the paper part of your DVLA licence became obsolete and you will need to share your licence information to process the application.

How to share your driving licence information

To process your application we will require to view your personal driving licence information. 

To retrieve an access code for you to detail on your application which will allow us to view your driving information, please visit GOV.UK: View or share driving licence information and follow their step-by-step guidance.

The access code is only valid for 21 days, therefore the application detailing the access code must reach our office prior to the access code expiring.

Should the licence be granted it would be for a maximum of three years, however, a licence may be granted for a shorter period should the Local Government Licensing Panel decide this.

Street knowledge test 

Please note that part of the application process for a taxi or private hire car driver licence is that the applicant is required to sit and pass a Street Knowledge Test prior to commencement of the consultation in respect of the application.

Example of a Street Knowledge Test:

In addition, you may wish to note that following changes introduced by the Immigration Act 2016, it is a requirement for all applicants for either a taxi or private hire car driver’s licence to provide evidence of their immigration status proving the right to live and work in the UK in a face-to-face meeting with Licensing staff.  Please refer to the application form for a list of acceptable documents to be produced.

There is a minimum period of 28 days consultation on any application and you should take this into account when submitting your form. In the event of observations/objections to the application being received, it may be necessary to refer the application to the Licensing Panel for determination and this process will take longer.

If you wish to submit your application form together with documentary evidence of your immigration status and sit the Street Knowledge Test at the same time, please telephone the Licensing Unit in advance for an appointment.

Please note that in the event of an application being refused, the application fee is non-refundable.

Apply for a licence or renewal

Online via our GLAMIS system

You can also download and print the application form below:

Taxi or private hire car driver licence application (PDF 331Kb)

Licence conditions

Vehicle specifications

Taxi or private hire car vehicle specifications (PDF 298Kb)

Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826